IOSH Membership – What’s Right for You?

Membership

IOSH offers a focal point for all health and safety experts employed across a diverse range of commercial, industrial, public sector and voluntary organisations. IOSH membership gives health and safety experts the recognition they deserve from their employer and also fellow professionals.

IOSH is also recognised and respected globally. Their commitment to quality, career development and their unrivalled pedigree in the industry makes IOSH the only health and safety body to be affiliated with.

Why join us?

Are you looking for a long and rewarding career in health and safety? Does your current position have health and safety responsibilities? Or are you simply looking to keep up with the latest developments in the health and safety industry so that you can make informed and compliant decisions? There are many reasons for joining IOSH and here are just 10 of them…

Every month, we will send you your free copy of Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) magazine (worth £109). SHP is the leading industry publication and features the largest recruitment section in the industry too. Each SHP member gets instant access to content through a digital e-zine whilst members in the UK and Ireland can also subscribe to a hard copy version.

ISOH also runs an exciting benefits scheme exclusive to IOSH members. IOSH Extras gives members access to a range of discounts that are designed to save time and money.

As an IOSH member you are eligible to attend any of the 300 low-cost or free conferences, seminars, and webinars held each year. You can check the IOSH Events calendar for more details.

IOSH runs a free technical information service delivering quick-access health and safety facts and figures. You can also gain access to free online resources including the OSH Research Database and the Occupational Health Toolkit. These online resources are designed to help professionals in their line of work and to keep them on top of the latest legal changes.

You’ll also receive discounts on IOSH professional courses. There are currently over 50 difference course titles to choose from.
Each week, IOSH delivers the latest health and safety news, views and information about health and safety events direct to your computer or mobile device via their Connect and Connect diary e-bulletins.

As you develop your career, you’ll be able to keep an online record of your new skills, the courses you attend and the experience you gain in your career by using the IOSH Continuing Professional Development programme.

Through IOSH groups and branches, you can stay in touch with health and safety colleagues across the profession. IOSH has many networks offering support, career development advice and information on technical updates.

You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other health and safety experts around the world via the IOSH online forums. This is a great way to start a debate, get advice or ask a question.

As an IOSH member you’ll also have the opportunity to influence and drive the direction of government policies by having a say on new health and safety laws and guidance.

The industry pedigree of IOSH really is second to none. Their comprehensive and dedicated approach to career development ranks their members amongst the most respected, trusted and sought after experts in the profession. If you are looking to start or progress a career in health and safety, many employers now insist on IOSH membership when considering new applicants or opportunities for promotion. If you’re not an IOSH member you could lose out!

IOSH membership costs just £135 in the first year and around £100 for each year thereafter. Can you really afford not to join?

Membership categories

Whether you’re already working in health and safety, about to gain a health and safety qualification, or you’ve simply got an interest in knowing more and being part of this vibrant and fast-moving industry, you should join us. How far you take your qualifications and membership status is entirely up to you.

What happens when you first join us? You’ll join as an Affiliate Member. If you want to work as a health and safety professional, we’ll review your qualifications and experience to find out which membership category is right for you.

We have five membership categories:

Affiliate Member

Everyone joins as an Affiliate Member. Once we’ve accepted your application and payment, you’ll get immediate access to all our membership benefits and services for one year.

Technician Member

This category recognises the qualifications and competence needed by professionals working in a range of operational health and safety roles. To become a Technician, you must have a suitable level of experience in a health and safety role, as well as an accredited qualification. To maintain your status and keep your skills, knowledge and experience up to date, you’ll join our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. Check the list of accredited courses we accept for Technician membership.

As a Technician Member, you can use the letters Tech IOSH after your name. To keep your Technician status, you must maintain your CPD record.

Graduate Member

This category is for people who are working towards becoming Chartered Members. They will be asked to complete Initial Professional Development (IPD). To qualify for this level of membership, you’ll need to have completed an IOSH-accredited degree level qualification. Check the list of accredited courses we accept for Graduate membership.

As a Graduate Member, you can use the letters Grad IOSH after your name. All Graduates maintain a CPD record.

Why become Chartered?

Businesses, employers and recruitment consultants are already well used to working with and hiring Chartered professionals. They recognise Chartered status as shorthand for ‘best in class’ and they know they’ll get the highest professional standards from a Chartered individual.

Chartered status will help you:

improve your ability to influence decision-makers
work on an equal footing with other professionals
increase your future employability.
As a Chartered Member of IOSH, you’re entitled to use the designation Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and the designatory letters CMIOSH. All Chartered Members need to maintain a CPD record.

 

Chartered Member (CMIOSH)

As the only organisation in the world that offers Chartered membership to health and safety practitioners, we can help you achieve the highest professional standards.

Employers know that when they work with a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, they’re dealing with someone who’s at the top of their profession. Our Chartered Members also have the respect of their peers – other professionals know that they’ve been through a rigorous process to become Chartered and have met the high standards of the world’s most prestigious body for health and safety professionals. You can only become a Chartered Member after gaining Graduate membership.

Chartered Member

As the only organisation in the world that offers Chartered membership to health and safety practitioners, we can help you achieve the highest professional standards.

Employers know that when they work with a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, they’re dealing with someone who’s at the top of their profession. Our Chartered Members also have the respect of their peers – other professionals know that they’ve been through a rigorous process to become Chartered and have met the high standards of the world’s most prestigious body for health and safety professionals. You can only become a Chartered Member after gaining Graduate membership.

Chartered Fellow

Fellowship of the Institution is awarded only to Chartered Members of at least five years’ standing who can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the health and safety profession. Fellows go ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty and are the ‘ambassadors’ of the Institution. Applicants must satisfy the Institution that they meet this definition.

Specifically, we look for evidence that the applicant has:

carried out outstanding service on local, national or international professional committees
produced peer-acclaimed contributions or improvements to the public understanding of occupational safety and health
been involved in the development of occupational safety and health through work in IOSH at any level (branch, group, standing committee and so on)
helped to develop and influence the careers of others, including less experienced occupational safety and health professionals
actively researched, developed and applied original work or expertise in occupational safety and health
gained highly specialised knowledge or responsibility in occupational safety and health, and published work or relevant technical presentations
carried out or been involved in promoting occupational safety and health outside their normal work, including activities begun as a work requirement that they’ve taken beyond that requirement.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and applicants don’t have to have meet all these criteria.

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